"No," there is no one best diabetes diet, says Marisa Moore, RD, LD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
"It's a common misconception that people with diabetes have to follow a certain diabetes diet," says Moore, who instead recommends seeing a registered dietitian to help build a meal plan customized to your height, weight, age, and activity level.
According to Moore, watching carbohydrates is crucial for diabetics, because carbs affect blood sugar more than protein and fat. So, learning to count carbs can help maintain your blood sugar, as can eating plenty of produce, lean protein, low-fat foods, and getting exercise.
"Most people find that what they eat is not very different from what the general population eats," says Moore. "They just have to limit some things -- such as concentrated sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages -- a little more than others."